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      Citizens assist officers to keep roads safer

      Many police departments call their citizens their eyes and ears, but just how helpful are the calls reporting erratic or drunk drivers on the road?If you see a driver that doesn't seem like they're fit to drive whether it be they're tired, intoxicated or maybe even having a medical episode, a 911 dispatcher will send an officer to the area if you report the driver.An officer will then try to track down that driver and figure out the reason behind their swerving, but the person who calls it in often goes on their way without ever knowing what happened.Lee County 911 Center Coordinator Larry Hill says if the caller wants to know how things turned out, they have the ability to find out that information and see just how valuable their tip was.Callers should remember the location of their call and the make/model of the car as well as the license plate if they got it, and officials can look up to see if the driver was cited or even arrested.If an officer is busy during the initial call, dispatchers say the caller shouldn't take matters into their own hands by following the other driver and should try and stay a safe distance away.Dispatchers say it's very important for drivers to help officers do their job because they can't be everywhere at once and add that allowing the caller to find out how helpful their tip was encourages more people to help instead of letting it go.Stay connected to as stories develop and the FOX 31 Newscast at 10 PM. Visit us on Facebook and Twitter to join in on the conversation and connect with FOX 31!